BANNED & CONTRABAND

The Banned Players

The Banned Players

TODAY’S BREAKING NEWS is a real harsh one. Personally, I am against these kind of severe punishments especially against the two senior most players of the country i.e., Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan. Its more like a shocker than a news.

Afridi fined for 3M Rs. for biting the ball

Afridi fined for 3M Rs. for biting the ball

Bara Akmal Fined

Bara Akmal Fined

Everyone was expecting that the others would be punished for their misdeeds,  wrong doings and in-disciplinary acts. The irony is this whole drama has been created for the masses to divert the attention from the real problem. The real problem is beyond the players, the PCB management, the selectors and the selection process, the weak manager and lack of coaching. How can one expect from such caliber coach and managers to control a bunch of uneducated, uncouth youth whose main aim is to earn money and fame. They don’t play cricket for the country, they play for money and for themselves.

Chota Akmal fined too

Chota Akmal fined too

Until and unless the PCB top brass is not replaced by professionals rather than by ex-players and bureaucrats these problems will exist. How come these very Paindoo players when they retire suddenly become so highly and technically competent that they get lucrative jobs? Examples in front of us is, Ijaz Butt, Wasim Bari, Saleem Altaf, Zakir Khan, Intikhab Alam etc. Even the duo of Wasim & Waqar sit in the commentary box and rape the English language with grammatical blasphemies and not only make themselves as fools but, let the whole nation down by their absolutely absurd and biased comments. They are a laughing stock among their counterparts but, they are there because the masses are unable to see the finesse in them and accept them as heroes.

We are not denying their talent as fast bowlers but, every person reaches to his level of incompetence and theirs is outside the field. The Indian media and the IPL organizers or the BCCI are indirectly extracting the art they possess by hiring them so that they pass on the art to their players. Wasim Akram is the most obvious case. Unfortunately, he has not only remained untouched because of his celebrity status but, he has been rewarded by the current management of the PCB to be a member of the inquiry commission and give his expert views. What a load of cow manure.

How come Wasim Akram be made a committee member of the inquiry commission when he is banned by the highest judicial committee of the country headed by Justice Qayyum for his involvement in match fixing and accepting bribes. Or, is this a way to promote the cricket players to another level and Yousuf et Younus be assured and guaranteed that they will be given similar honour in future, just like Wasim Akram got?

When the time has come to select the best team for the T20 WC, Pakistan has axed some of its best players by way of ban and demotivated the others with hefty fines. It is not going to help the team, nor it will help Pakistan. The corruption will remain because, every single player knows that Wasim Akram was the most corrupt player in the history of the game. And, every single player knows that the PCB is full of corrupt officials and there is too much  nepotism and favouritism in the selection process. People like Mohammad Ilyaas and Javed Miandad are sitting there in the PCB at top notch places to push their nephews and son-in-law’s case. In the past Majid Khan was pushing his mediocre son time and again.

Therefore, to abolish this system of nepotism and corruption, they must first implement the rules as laid down in the constitution and elect the officials through a process rather than appointing ad hoc managers and off the cuff management which has the same aim and objective as the players have i.e., to make money as soon as possible.

This ban on Yousuf and Younus is going to damage the game of test cricket in Pakistan. Someone I just spoke to on telephone said, this is how Pakistan treats its heroes. The beginning is always very glamorous but the ending is always very tragic. May God bless Pakistan.

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  1. #1 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 10, 2010 - 1:41 PM

    Now, there will be more problems.

    1. This harsh decision on Y & Y without divulging much information on Rana and Malik is going to create an uproar in certain sections of the media. Especially the non professional ones such as BLOGS. Blogs certainly do have a voice as it creates ripple effects and the word goes round and round till it explodes.

    2. More surprises are still to come when BUTT & Co. will announce the Captain and the 15 member team for the T20 WC within the next few days.

    3. More controversies will be created when Butt will deny or change the decision by saying it was a misunderstanding or a mistake or the media got it all wrong. He will suss out the reaction within a day or two and will act more stupid.

    This is yet another black chapter in the history of Pakistan cricket. What a shame, what a waste of talent, what a pathetic decision. A lot of people have not heard this news yet and see how they react?

  2. #2 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 10, 2010 - 3:11 PM

    IF you carefully analyze the events in Pakistan cricket during the last 3-4 months you will understand how things have gone drastically wrong.

    I would like to draw your attention to some of the big blunders the PCB did in ruining the game of cricket in Pakistan.

    1. Younus Khan was appointed as Captain of the team. He comes back and announces his temporary retirement, but he exploded the facts that he has lost control of the players owing to the mutiny within the team.

    2. The team to tour NZ and Aus was announced under Yousuf’s leadership. With Younus Khan not available, Misbah ul Haq who was originally dropped from the team for not performing well was replaced in lieu of Younus Khan. From what logic and on what basis you can select a player like this? He is NO good and suddenly he is VERY good.

    3. Misbah failed again and not only did he fail but, with the help of Shoaib Malik, he was instigating others to revolt and succeeded in getting the Akmals, Butts and Rana on his side. What is Mohammad Yousuf crime here?

    4. Misbah was finally sent back because of his bad form and his dubious role. Then Shoaib Malik continued to play the same dirty politics with the rest of the gang and he succeeded in bringing about the downfall of Mohammad Yousuf. What is his fault here? If the players are not performing with a deliberate intent to undermine the efforts of the Captain and then succeeding in getting him out of the last ODI and thereafter Malik got the opportunity by virtue of his efforts and combined by the wisdom of Akhroat and Akhroatism Afridi, who axed his own foot.

    5. Shoaib Malik played his cards well because he was ably supported by the people who are behind him. But, what amazes me is why aren’t they disclosing the charges that have been laid against him? There must be something concrete and more sinister than the Akmal’s crime and definitely much more dangerous than the obvious ball biting scenario that Malik got one year ban. WHY? Why don’t they tell the nation that these are the charges against him and if that is proved he is the one who should get a LIFE BAN and not Younus and Yousuf.

    6. If Younus and Yousuf are banned for life for under performing then Misbah should be the first one to be banned for life.

    7. Rumours are there that Misbah will lead the team in the T20 WC. If this is true then they have gone BONKERS and before this team goes to the Caribbean to play the world cup, the nation must rise under protest and stop it from happening.

  3. #3 by amir on March 10, 2010 - 3:30 PM

    JAK i agree on some of ur points basicly this is pcb ‘s fault. They have to hire people who got qualifications to do thier jobs not any tom dick and harry who had played test cricket can do management of pak cricket. Punishment for 2 ys is harsh too but all others got what they deserved. Being good players dsnt mean that these guys can do what ever they like to. This is short sighting to say that this is wrong to put fines and bans just before T20 world cup think about future also what impact these players are going to have on young players like Hammad Azam atleast he and other got example that what can happen to them if they misbehave. I think ful committie report is going to come out in next few days.

  4. #4 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 10, 2010 - 6:00 PM

    THERE YOU GO…….. THE SPIN TAKES PLACE FASTER THAN EXPECTED ……. BUTT SPINS OR BUTT GYRATE HIS HIPS?

    The PCB issued a statement saying about Yousuf and Younus, “the recommendation of the Inquiry Committee is not a life ban on these cricketers. There is no specified term in the recommendation for these two players. As and when the PCB deems appropriate, these players will be considered for selection for the national team.”

  5. #5 by Zaheer Ass on March 10, 2010 - 7:00 PM

    Hallo my name is Zaheer I am a farmer test playr and i beleave as a test players this is a good deceian to cut power frm player bacaus it was affecting teams parformence vary badly. I see and averyone nows there was no displine in the team and it was vary difficlt infact vary impossible for the board managear and couch to tackle the players from beehind specialy when they are abroad the countrey. That why the board has been butting down to players not to use pressure tacit or politices in game noly board can do but not player. This baneing deceian is vary goodeven if we lose in the Townty20 World Cup it doesent mater. This move is like a leson for new butting players to larn from Ijaz Butt sabs deceian he pose today. This junier player will always have to bare in there butt mind that if seenier player can be punish than junior player can too bee punish and no one is abudalaw. In my days i bat for all day for my team with no politices involmet and it was a vary good time and vary good days for me and my fan to rember and happy now and same i acept now. I thenk witout strickness player became loose and no controle and avery buddy think they are shoab aktar so walk free. sorry i type frm my blueberry phones so this is too much for me far now.

  6. #6 by khansahab on March 10, 2010 - 7:20 PM

    Younis I think has been treated unfairly for long now, what was his fault and yet he is banned for life. This is not the way to improve things in Pakistan cricket. If things were so wrong in Australia then what was the team management doing. I am getting a feeling that the board has taken these decisions to save themselves after the recent poor performances and controversies.

    Rashid Latif, former captain and wicketkeeper

    It’s the end of players’ power from our national team, which is a very good sign. From now on, every player will be very careful because they know that they can be fined or banned if they violate discipline. Younis and Yousuf had played their innings in international cricket as they have got too old, but Naved and Akmal should have also been banned for one year.

    Sarfraz Nawaz, former fast bowler

  7. #7 by khansahab on March 10, 2010 - 7:34 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    There is a rumour that the Chief Justice of Pakastan might overturn the ban on the banned players.

    Now if he overturns the ban on Shoaib Malik, I will stop following cricket.

  8. #8 by khansahab on March 10, 2010 - 7:52 PM

    Decision to ban players got clearance from Zardari: Sources

    KARACHI: The Cricket Board decided to take disciplinary action against the players, including indefinite ban on former captains Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan, after confirming reports off internal strife in the team and after getting clearance from the Presidency, sources said on Wednesday.

    Well placed sources said that the PCB had kept President Asif Zardari, chief patron of the board, and the sports ministry aware of the recommendations made by the inquiry committee which probed into the poor performance in Australia and into reports off infighting in the team.

    “The board moved against the seven players after getting approval from the top,” one source said.

    The PCB said it had placed an indefinite ban on Yousuf and Younis as their infighting had had a bad influence on the team.

    It also announced 12-month ban on Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved and fines of three million rupees each on Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal and two million on Umar Akmal. The board had also placed Shahid and Kamran under a six-month probation.

    One source said during the hearings of the inquiry committee and after speaking to the coach, manager, captain and other players and even the support staff, it became clear that some players had their own law in the team.

    “After speaking to the players and officials and looking into the reports of the team management it became clear to the inquiry committee that some players were putting their personal egos and interests above team and national interest,” one source said.

    The source said that the strict action against Yousuf and Younis was taken because both were found guilty of putting at stake team interests while trying to settle personal scores with other players during the tours to Abu Dhabi, New Zealand and Australia.

    “They didn’t behave like senior players and captains. They unnecessarily dropped players who they had scores to settle with and it affected team morale and performances,” the source said.

    The source said that during the course of the inquiry it also emerged that a particular group of players including Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal had forced some other players to take an oath on the holy book during the Champions trophy in South Africa last year that they would not support Younis Khan as captain and to collectively complain to the board to remove him.

    “One thing was clear that there were clear groupings in the team and that Shoaib Malik emerged as one of the main characters in this whole drama of intrigue and infighting,” one source said.

    “The committee found that Malik was responsible for not only instigating other players not to cooperate with the team management but also kept on encouraging groupings and running down players who just wanted to concentrate on their cricket and not be part of the groupings,” the source disclosed.

    He said that the issue of senior players refusing to play at the number three position in New Zealand and Australia was also discussed threadbare at the inquiry committee hearings.

    “It was found that instead of setting an example for other players and supporting the captain some players kept on refusing to play at the number three spot causing rift in the team.”

    Another source said that the coach and manager had made it clear to the inquiry committee that this was the right time to take disciplinary action against the players to root out the culture of groupism within the team.

    “Since the team had lost badly in Australia and public and media sentiments were against the players the board felt this was the right time move ahead with some hard decisions.”

  9. #9 by amir on March 10, 2010 - 8:08 PM

    What i dnt understand is that if players centrel conracts are expired on 31 december and if they are without contract how these punishments gona take place. I think it is all butts drama these bans and fines gona get cancelled or reduced on apeal. He just want to clear his position on all his blunders.

  10. #10 by khansahab on March 10, 2010 - 8:24 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    Geo has reported that this is LIKELY to be the squad, from unconfirmed sources:

    Mohammad Hafeez
    Salman Butt
    Khalid Latif
    Misbah Ul Haq
    Hammad Azam
    Umar Akmal
    Kamran Akmal
    Shahid Afridi
    Mohammad Asif
    Umar Gul
    Mohammad Aamer
    Saeed Ajmal
    Abdul Razzaq
    Yasir Arafat
    Fawad Alam

  11. #11 by khansahab on March 10, 2010 - 8:28 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    A leading sports journalist of JANG newspaper has confirmed that the majority of players in Pakastan team were asked to take oath on the Quran that they would oppose Younis Khan’s captaincy.

    It is believed Shoaib Malik instigated this revolt.

  12. #12 by khansahab on March 10, 2010 - 9:42 PM

    Asif in new tangle, TV actress wants her money back

    Lahore: She claims to have supported Mohammad Asif emotionally and financially during his days of hardship and Pakistani television actress Veena Malik now wants at least the money back.

    Veena, who was speculated to be seeing the Pakistani pace bowler until recently when he got married to another girl chosen by his family, has demanded Rs 300,000 she claims to have given him.

    “When he was banned from cricket and when no one was willing to support or help him I stood by his side and I gave him Rs 300,000 which he said he would pay me back when things improved,” Veena said.

    “Now that his situation is better he is trying to avoid meeting his commitment but I want my money back, it is my hard earned money,” Veena said.

    The actress warned that if Asif didn’t pay back the money she would take him to court to get what was her money.

    “I will not hesitate to take him to court,” she said.

    She maintained that Asif had proposed to her on Valentine’s Day but she had refused as she wanted to concentrate on her career for the next two years.

    Asif got married to a girl from Lahore, Hina, recently and the families have decided that the Rukhsati ceremony will take place after about six months.

    Asif has denied that he ever proposed to Veena or she had given him money.

    “She supported me a lot but this money business is not correct,” he said.

  13. #13 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 11, 2010 - 12:33 AM

    Yousuf considering retirement?

    KARACHI
    : Mohammad Yousuf is contemplating retirement after being treated “shabbily” by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday.

    Sources close to the former Pakistan captain said that he is “distraught, tearful and almost speechless at the decision by the Board” and might soon quit international cricket.

    A pakpassion.net report, quoting sources, said that the PCB did not even bother to tell Yousuf about its decision.

    “All he (Yousuf) wants to know is what he has done wrong. He has had no official correspondence from the Board or even a telephone call to explain where he has erred and has just heard about the punishment in the media. This is not the way to treat a Pakistani cricketing legend and someone who has served his country with dignity over the years.”

    Yousuf, who has played 88 Tests and scored 7,431 runs at a very impressive career average of 53, is Pakistan’s third-highest Test run-scorer ever. He recently stepped in to lead Pakistan in a troubled tour of New Zealand and Australia was severely criticised for the team’s defeat in the Sydney Test.

    “Yousuf is contemplating retirement with immediate effect, but we are trying to talk him out of it. At the moment he is very confused with this situation and hopefully things may improve and become clearer soon,” said the report.

  14. #14 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 11, 2010 - 12:42 AM

    http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=228302

    The above link will take you to the article in The News questioning Mr. Butt for the bans and fines the PCB has imposed. Please read that.

    The writer of that article asked a question that remains unanswered is: ” If Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan made so much trouble in Australia that the PCB had to ban them for a year, then what stopped it from calling them back home when the tour was still in progress? Why didn’t the team management take action against them and the other culprits then and there when it had the mandate to so?”

    And, my question is: Why did the PCB rewarded Malik by appointing him as Captain of the national team that went to Dubai to play 2 T20 games against England?

  15. #15 by khansahab on March 11, 2010 - 7:59 AM

    LOL @ Zaheer Ass

  16. #16 by khansahab on March 11, 2010 - 8:06 AM

    BREAKING NEWS

    According to a Pakistani news channel, Salman Butt has been named captain of the Pakastan team.

  17. #17 by khansahab on March 11, 2010 - 8:11 AM

    BREAKING NEWS

    According to a Pakastani news channel, Rao Afthakar and Imran Farhat will be part of the T20 squad. Razzaq’s name is not in the squad.

  18. #18 by Mohammed Munir on March 11, 2010 - 10:20 AM

    Khansahab …

    I hope these Breaking News are not true 😦

    Anyways, seeing Pakistan Cricket and PCB Drama, all one can say is …

    “Aaalll is (in the) Well” 😆

  19. #19 by Mohammed Munir on March 11, 2010 - 10:26 AM

    PCB’s situation and Ijaz-the-BUTT reminds me this Shair from Chacha Galib …

    Dard Ho Dil Mein Tu Dawa Kijeeay

    Dil Hee Jub Dard Ho Tu Kiya Kejeeay

    And about LegSlip and all the cricket fans …

    Hum Ko Faryaad Karni Aati Hai

    Aap Suntay Nahin Tu Kiya Keejay

  20. #20 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 11, 2010 - 12:19 PM

    Munir

    Meri subha-subha hai aur tumharee yae shayeri
    Pehlay tou kertay ho deramay baazi
    Phir ooper say bantay ho faryaadi

    Naqsh faryaadi hai kiski shaukhi-e tehreer ka
    Kagazi hai pairahan har paikar-e tasveer ka

    Ijaz kay dil hee nahee tou kya keejay
    Butt may dawa laga ker bhee kya keejay

  21. #21 by newguy on March 11, 2010 - 1:26 PM

    Hi Guys,

    It appears that Pakistan cricket has reached it’s nadir, it’s hard to imagine there could be anything more lower than this. This is such a shame for this once so glorious cricketing team and nation.

    It just shows once again the uneven balance of power in Pakistan once again, those who are in power seems to be able to wield excessive force and not being held accountable by a 3rd party. In this instance, where is the media and public anger against PCB? They should be held accountable for their misdeeds.

    This is no way to treat players like Yousuf and Younus who are the best two test batsmen after Miandad and Inziin recent times.

  22. #22 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 11, 2010 - 1:40 PM

    newguy

    Good to see you commenting on this subject, I thought may be we will see you on this blog when the T20 WC starts. 😀 Yeah, this is the irony that no one other than us is raising a voice against the PCB. They have saved their Butts and asses and diverted the public attention towards the players and calling it an “end to player power!” Some idiot ex players like Zaheer Abass and Sarfaraz Nawaz are happy with this decision. Zaheer is an asshole we all know and Sarfaraz Nawaz should remember what a bastard of a character he was and still is and someone should stuff a pair of smelly dirty old socks in his mouth.

    Like you none of us could believe how these PCB thugs can come up with this notion of banning Yousuf and Younus for life? Those who were banned earlier by the judiciary are back into the system viz. Wasim Akram, Waqar Younus, Ijaz Ahmad and that MF Moulvi Mushy. This whole system is all fcKd up, makes the whole nation embarrass.

  23. #23 by newguy on March 11, 2010 - 2:37 PM

    Javed Khan,

    How can I not comment, this is shocking, even for the PCB standards!

    This board has taken Pakistan cricket to it’s very bottom, in the last 2 years everything they did was wrong, there was not once thing they could get correct. It’s too much to think they will change.

    This is where media should step in, media is a powerful force than can change things. Media has shaped up events in every countries, Pakistan’s media should stand up and ask questions. I see that Osman Samiuddin wrote a good piece questioning PCB. More people should follow his lead and there should be constant pressure from media on Butt and gang for their mishandling. This is how things are changed in a corrupt situation. Media is the fourth estate when all else fails. You are doing your part through this blog, no matter how small it’s reach is. But it is for the big media like Dawn to take up the story and run it if any change is to happen.

  24. #24 by Mohammed Munir on March 11, 2010 - 3:32 PM

    Javed Khan …

    LOL @ your ‘filbadee shairee’.

    PCB is in sure mess and I hope and pray that Mohsin Khan stands up to them and put back some sense in their actions and the team selection for the forthcoming T20 Cup.

  25. #25 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 11, 2010 - 4:39 PM

    newguy

    DAWN is sold out to some thugs who are there to loot the country. DAWN is responsible for Shahid Afridi getting penalized and fined, they wrote an editorial demanding the PCB to punish him hard even after he got punishment from the ICC – a ban of 2 matches for them were not enough. So, don’t expect from the Daily DAWN. The Karachi and Peshawar masses are busy in their own political turmoil, the Punjab is happy because Afridi said something against Punjab i.e., he said they want a captain from the Punjab so they won’t support him for sure. And, now they are shocked about Malik but happy that either Misbah or Salman Butt will lead the country. So, what do you expect from them? Nothing happens in Sindh and Baluchistan in relation to cricket, they are busy in their own world. I dunno much about THE NEWS and GEO guys so no comment on them.

  26. #26 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 11, 2010 - 4:42 PM

    Munir

    I thought that Mohsin Khan would be a good bet under the available circumstances and the resources but, the first thing he said about making entirely separate teams for ODI’s and T20 has cheesed me off. So, there is little that I expect from him. He is just a pawn in that game and he doesn’t have the spine to stand up and take the bull (Butt) by its horns (Gxxx). take care 😀

  27. #27 by khansahab on March 11, 2010 - 5:35 PM

    Inquiry committee report confidential: Butt

    Karachi, Mar 11 (PTI) PCB chairman Ejaz Butt today made it clear that the board will not release the details of the inquiry committee report on the basis of which seven top players were slapped with severe bans and fines.

    “It is a confidential document and it will remain confidential. The action we have taken against these players is not only under the code of conduct but also under the inherent powers of the board. Where absolutely necessary we will share it but strictly confidentially,” PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt said.

  28. #28 by khansahab on March 11, 2010 - 5:37 PM

    Why is the PCB not revealing the details of the committee report?

    Is that because the PCB itself in involved in corruption and match fixing at the highest level?

    Effectively what Butt is saying that we will never know WHY these decisions were made against Yousuf, Younis, Malik and Rana.

    I am very keen on knowing why Rana has been banned because a few days ago he was reported as being a match fixer.

  29. #29 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 11, 2010 - 7:03 PM

    khansahab

    Not only Butt, but the entire PCB management is corrupt and I won’t be surprised if they have taken cuts from the match fixing bets. As regards the report itself, it is prepared by them so they are not so stupid to mention their involvement in betting and match fixing. Only Butt and his crooks know the reason why they don’t want to reveal the details of the report.

    I have never seen such a DHEET person like Ijaz Butt, also I have never seen such weak and meek media and the masses who are unable to get rid of this MF heavy weight Butt.

  30. #30 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 11, 2010 - 7:22 PM

    “I have been hearing Malik has been a disruptive influence since last year. If that is so, why was he kept in the team in the first place?” Wasim Akram. He said this in Mumbai today.

    Reportedly, he (Akram) has not attended any of the meetings, whereas there was a news in the media that Akram has missed the first two meetings and attended the last one. Whereas, he says he did not attend any meeting. Also, when he was leaving for India he told the journalists that the match fixing accusations on Akmal and Rana are baseless and these are just rumours created by other regional players to defame them and his hint was directed at Karachi players.

  31. #31 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 11, 2010 - 7:26 PM

    We can fill in the gaps, says Mohsin

    Thursday, March 11, 2010
    By our correspondent

    KARACHI: Pakistan have the reserves to fill in the blanks after the country’s cricket board banned two key players ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 Championship, chief selector Mohsin Khan said on Wednesday.

    “We have some very good reserve players and I don’t think there will be any problems in selecting a strong team for the World Twenty20,” Mohsin told ‘The News’.

    Pakistan will be without former skipper Shoaib Malik and allrounder Rana Naved-ul-Hasan as the duo has been banned for one year by the PCB for indiscipline.

    Mohsin, a former Test batsman, doesn’t see it as a huge blow for Pakistan’s World Twenty20 hopes. “Don’t get me wrong,” he said. “I have great regard for both Malik and Rana but the thing is that nobody can be more important than your country. Team discipline should be our top priority which is why I support this move,” he stressed.

    Mohsin said that the national selection committee will pick the final 15 for the World twenty20 which begins in the West Indies from April 30 within the next two, three days. “We have till March 30 to finalise our team but I think we should pick it soon that the boys can attend a camp for around 10-15 days before the Twenty20 World Cup,” he said.

    Mohsin said that his main task is to raise a strong team for some “more important” assignments facing Pakistan this year after the Twenty20 World Cup which he termed as a “picnic event”. “Twenty20 is just picnic cricket and what we need to focus on is to prepare our boys for the Test matches coming up later this year against top teams like Australia, England and South Africa,” he concluded.

  32. #32 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 11, 2010 - 7:32 PM

    Is Mohsin Khan, the chief selector of Pakistan cricket team influenced by Younus Khan to call T20 as picnic cricket? He better change his attitude now, because when a national team plays it is NO PICNIC. It is not ICL or IPL.

    He should raise his voice to select the team and THE CAPTAIN now, instead of waiting till the last moment. Pakistan has long history of announcing their final team till the last moment. If the team and captain is selected then they will have more time to practice, gel as a team and make some strategic planning. Mohsin should be demanding for aggressive cricket and for that he should ask the board to appoint SHAHID AFRIDI as captain. He should not be submissive and weak in front of the board. He must strike when the iron is hot, because at this stage the PCB cannot fire Mohsin and appoint a new Chief Selector, it will be a suicide for the PCB and if he says this in front of the media i.e., to appoint Afridi as captain, there will be no secret and the board will not be able to take any action against him. So, GO MOHSIN GO open your mouth, stand up on your feet and say it loudly.

  33. #33 by khansahab on March 11, 2010 - 7:45 PM

    Rashid Latif demands actions against management

    KARACHI, March. 11 (APP): Former Pakistan Captain Rashid Latif have demanded action from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also against management of the national team for failing to control the players.

    “Like imposing fines and bans on players action should also be taken against Pakistan team management viz Yawar Saeed, Intikhab Alam, Abdul Raqeeb, Waqar Younis, Aaqib Javed etc.” he told APP in an interview here on Thursday.

    However he made it clear the decision taken against some players were unjustified and specially against former Pakistan Captain Younus Khan as he had decided to rest from the away series against New Zealand and Australia after facing problems with some members of the team.

    “How you can punish a player, who was not part of tour,” Rashid, commented.

    “Action against management should taken so that they play their role in proper and strict manner in the future,” he said.

    He alleged that former Manager Yawar Saeed played bad role in the whole episode and his inclusion in the inquiry committee was itself arbitrary.

    He refused to accept the penalties were imposed by the PCB. He said there was lobby behind it because you can not impose such heavy penalties and bans for mistakes and undiscipline etc.

    “If actions can be taken against the players for breach of code of conduct and undiscipline, team management should also be punished for not playing their role in curbing and controlling infighting and other issues in the team,” he said.

    Rashid Latif believed that PCB will back off of on their fines and penalties on the players.

    “While players were punished none of officials was taken to task by the Inquiry Committee of PCB which same things instead Intikhab Alam was appointed Director Academies and Waqar Younis was appointed Pakistan coach,” he said.

    Another Pakistan Captain Zaheer Abbas said had current and previous boards hierarchy have had taken proper measures and strict rules things had never gone out of control.

    “PCB failed to curb players powers because they did not really supported the tour management to full to take independent decisions,” he said.

  34. #34 by khansahab on March 11, 2010 - 8:03 PM

    Javed A Khan

    I agree that Butt, the senior management and people like Wasim Akram must be penalised. Of course, we would all want that.

    However, we must breathe a sight of relief at the welcome news that Malik and Rana have been dealt with.

    To me this banning business has more positive than negative shades. It seems that Younis and Yousuf were just given a jolt, but they will probably be selected for Pakistan’s Test assignments in the summer.

    Afridi is being banned simply because a school of thought emanating from one province in Pakistan does not want the Akmal brothers to be punished only, since Afridi has ALREADY been punished.

    I think Younis and Yousuf will be selected for Pakistan’s next Test series. There is a strong lobby campaigning to get Malik’s ban overturned. That would be damaging for Pakistan cricket.

  35. #35 by amir on March 11, 2010 - 9:30 PM

    The only problem what i got with this whole story is is the banning of yousaf and younis. All others got what they deserved. We need a change in pcb in personel and also pcb needs a constitution and democraticly elected body. As long as thier is no constitution of pcb people like butt are going to destroy pakistan cricket with the help of people like zardari. People of pakistan must demand a democratily elected pcb body. Anyway these bans and fines are going to overturned in courts. I still think it is all drama to save buttheads butts. Rana is definatily punished for matchfixing remembr icl lahore badshas inzi and rana and even yousaf. U never say anything for sure in pakistan cricket.

  36. #36 by khansahab on March 12, 2010 - 8:06 AM

    Yousuf, Younis not to challenge PCB in court

    LAHORE: While none of the cricketers will move court of law to get justice against the harsh punishment imposed on them by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the ban on two batting icons Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan, imposed for an indefinite period may be lifted within two months.

    The PCB has decided not to select both Yousuf and Younis for any international cricketing event for an indefinite period, alleging that the infighting between them brought down the whole team.

    The PCB has also imposed one-year ban on Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan besides imposing cash penalties in millions on them under undefined charges.

    Similarly, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal and his brother Umar were also fined in millions.

    But sources say that the players are not thinking on the lines of fighting it in court as they fear PCB’s producing some record or the other there, which may go against them.

    In fact the banned players will be contacting the PCB chairman in their effort to find some relief regarding the matter.There are reports that both Younis and Yousuf did not take the penalties seriously anyway as they believe that the PCB cannot ignore them for Test cricket.

    Pakistan has to play six Test matches — two against Australia and four against England — from July this year. While Yousuf is in Jhang in connection with his preaching engagements, Younis is busy fishing, sources said. Afridi, too, is involved in preaching for the next couple of days.

  37. #37 by khansahab on March 12, 2010 - 8:08 AM

    I said earlier that Younis and Yousuf will both be selected for Pakistan’s next Test series, which I think is in the summer. The report I have just pasted opines that the ban will be lifted within 2 months.

    Under no circumstances must the ban on Malik be lifted. Hopefully players like Fawad Alam will have cemented their positions in the Test, ODI and T20 lineup in 1 year and Malik would have no one to replace.

    Malik should get a life ban for indiscipline and being a mediocre player all his life.

  38. #38 by khansahab on March 12, 2010 - 6:27 PM

    Pakistan’s T20 WC squad. Misbah ul Haq does not deserve to be in this squad.

    Butt
    Hafeez
    Latif
    Akmal U
    Akmal K
    Misbah
    Fawad Alam
    Hammad Azam
    Razzaq
    Afridi
    Arafat
    Gul
    Asif
    Aamer
    Saeed Ajmal

  39. #39 by khansahab on March 12, 2010 - 6:33 PM

    Mohsin Khan has given a recent interview saying:

    1) Afridi, Razzaq and Fawad Alam can play all 3 formats.

    2) The T20 playing XI should have Afridi, Razzaq, Alam and Misbah as automatic selections. Butt will be the opener. So, he has confirmed 5 players for the playing XI.

  40. #40 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2010 - 8:48 PM

    khansahab

    It seems like Mohsin Khan is chewing his words now. His first statement to the press after being appointed as the chief selector, he said, there must be entirely different players for the three formats. Now he is saying Afridi, Razzaq and Alam can play all three formats. Keep watching them how they change their own statements, opinions and views.

    I would never include Salman Butt and Khalid Latif in T20 format but, that is the irony of Pakistan team selection. Why can’t they get someone like Shahzaib Hasan Khan or a more dashing opener? Imran Nazir is totally out of form and in the last 3 matches he played he did nothing, very reckless and irresponsible batting.

    Although I don’t like Abdul Hafeez but, in case he is playing and opening he should open with Kamran Akmal and I would like to see this batting order

    1. Hafeez
    2. Kamran
    3. Umar Akmal
    4. Shahid Afridi
    5. Fawad Alam
    6. Abdul Razzaq
    7. Misbah / Hammad Azam
    8. Gul
    9. Asif
    10. Aamer
    11. Saeed Ajmal


    If Afridi is appointed as Captain, there is no room for Misbah.

  41. #41 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2010 - 8:58 PM

    LAHORE has been rocked by several bombs and hundreds of people have died, its sad that all this is going on in the country in the name of getting the Sharia Law approved. Which religion in the world preaches this kinda terrorism to bring Sharia Law? Those who are doing this are NOT Muslims and even if they think they are, they are not entitled to be called Muslims for taking lives of innocent people.

    While all this is going on in Pakistan, INDIA has signed a nuclear pact with Russia.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8561365.stm

    Russia has announced it will build 16 nuclear reactors in India as part of defence and energy deals. The long-anticipated nuclear agreement came as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited India. He said nuclear co-operation was one of the most important aspects in the partnership between the two countries which have strong trade ties. Russia’s state-owned nuclear company earlier said six of the reactors would be built by 2017. Russia is already building two reactors in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. “The agreement sees construction of up to 16 nuclear reactors in three locations,” Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov, accompanying Mr Putin, said.

    Russia is competing with French and US firms for contracts to build nuclear power plants in Asia’s third-largest economy which is looking to increase its energy supply to sustain rapid economic growth. The increased competition began after India’s landmark civilian nuclear deal with the US in 2005 which ended the isolation India had experienced since it tested an atom bomb in 1974. “This is one of our most important and promising areas of co-operation,” Mr Putin said in New Delhi on Friday.

  42. #42 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 12, 2010 - 9:04 PM

    I can bet on anything if these 16 reactors or, even ONE is built in Pakistan or any Islamic Country the whole world would have been crying, lamenting, complaining and even planning to stop it from being built. BUT, if it is INDIA or ISRAEL then, no one says anything. It goes on very quietly as if its a very normal thing, a basic requirement to meet the energy deficiencies and India is a very peaceful country just like Israel. So, there is no danger in their having these reactors. It doesn’t matter if the balance of power in the region is shifted. It doesn’t matter if the peace process is derailed, because these two countries are genuinely very humble, docile and friendly and they will never use aggression against other neighbouring countries. BUDD ACCHA BUD NAAM BURA.

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